Thursday, December 15, 2011


I titled this painting Remorse because the model looks so sad. I am still trying new things with my figure paintings because there is something about some of the poses that demands my attention. This was a simple pose, but the colors are fun, a striking contrast to the attitude of the model. This is a watercolor and it is 15"x11".

This painting has sold.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winter's Chill

There's nothing like being snuggled up in a quilt when it's cold outside. This model still looks unhappy about the cold, but I am happy that we have some rain along with the cold. Maybe she needs some hot chocolate.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Autumn Aspens 2

I love these colors! This painting is a watercolor landscape. It is 15" x 11".

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Hello Morning

Hello Morning is a happy little rooster that I painted with acrylics on masonite. The colors are cheery and his attitude is cocky. He is in a show at Round Rock Art Space through the month of December. You'll know him, He's the one in the fancy green frame.

Apple x Three

I know I haven't been posting as often as I should. It doesn't mean that I haven't been working, just that I am working too much. Sometimes it is difficult to stop to take pictures and post.
This little watercolor is one that I reworked. I added the checks to the cloth because there was just too much red and I needed a little variety in the shapes. I am pretty happy with it now, but you never know what will happen. It is watercolor and the texture on the cloth is watercolor crayon.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Autumn Aspens

I love the sparkle of the paper in a watercolor painting. This painting has that sparkle and to me it looks like the sun is shining through the leaves. The colors remind me of a crisp autumn morning in the mountains. It is a landscape and it is 14" x 11".

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Poppy Dance

I thought I would show my latest poppy piece. It is 24" x24" and it an acrylic. It will be in a show called the Four Friends Classy Art Show in the Georgetown Library the month of December. The reception is Sunday, December 11, from 12:00 - 3:00. If you are in the neighborhood stop by and have a cup of coffee.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I enjoyed seeing family and eating too much.
Happy Black Friday!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Red Poppies in Blue

I am working on a series of small acrylic paintings of poppies. This one is 10" x 8". It is on gallery wrapped canvas. I have a little trouble with the photos, but I am working on it. They look much better without the glare!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Wine and Flowers

This watercolor is 22.5" x 15". I combined two things I really like and came up with a painting that I like. Yeah! The thing I like best about this painting is the color, but I also enjoy the superimposed shapes. I hope you do too. It is a floral.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Autumn Berries

I love the colors of Autumn and the red berries that decorate the bushes this time of year are to me a promise as sure as a rainbow. They tell me that after our short winter there will be a renewal. It is interesting to try to capture that feeling in painting. I will put this painting in the floral category. It is 9" x15" and it is a watercolor.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Root Veggies

I love the colors and shapes of these wonderful vegetables. I used them to create interesting negative shapes and color contrast. This is a watercolor, but I used a little white to bring back the bright background in some areas where the paint went uninvited. I will work more with this subject matter.
This painting is 15"x17" and it is a still life.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Summer Memories

Watermelon always makes me remember hot summer days, when I was a child,sitting in the backyard with a big juicy slice. This still life is 10.5" x 10.5". It is a watercolor. Now that the days have turned colder, it is a nice memory.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fruit Salad

Can you tell I have a difficult time with titles? This still life was fun to paint. I enjoyed the challenge of the pineapple and balancing the rich colors. This painting is 22" x 15". It is a watercolor and can be matted and framed to a 28' x 22" standard frame.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

April Morning Poppies

I painted this little watercolor of poppies, thinking about the
beautiful patterns created by these delicate flowers blowing
in the April breezes. This floral is 14.5"x10.5".

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Red Poppies

This painting is a watercolor with ink added for that strong contrast. The black makes the light warm colors glow. I enjoy painting behind things to create interesting negative shapes. This floral is 17.5"x14.5".

This painting has sold.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Desert Shadows

Another reminder of my time in the desert southwest. I love the sunshine and shadows because of the interesting shapes and patterns they create. I put this one in my floral category and it is a watercolor. It is 20"x14.5". It is a warm painting with cools for contrast.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gathering Springtime

I love to paint flowers and I love to experiment with new techniques. This little floral combines these two because I started it with an abstract underpainting. My favorite part is the transparent jar with its interesting shapes and light and dark pattern. This is another transparent watercolor and it is 15"x11". I hope we get some rain, so that we will have wildflowers to gather next spring!

Desert Memories

I have spent many years living in the Southwest and I've found that I enjoy the beauty of the patterns in the desert landscape. This painting is a memory of the landscape that was lush and vibrant. I used watercolor to paint this piece and it is14"X10".

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Through The Glass

In this contemporary floral I have combined some of my new favorite colors.  It is done with acrylics in a loose manner, with an emphasis on design.  It is 25"x13.5".  I call it Through The Glass.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Looking Inside

I love the feeling of this piece. She looks so introspective. The colors and shapes tell me that she is just taking a quiet moment after a lot of activity. This one has opaque watercolor, a medium that I am exploring quite a bit these days. The size is 14"x11". Figurative painting has always been my favorite.

Flowers For Mom

This watercolor was inspired by a photo of my nephews from a long time ago. I am hopeful that after some rain and the changing of seasons we will see landscapes filled with wildflowers again.
This painting is a landscape with figures. It is 13.3"x13.5".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Invitation to the Reception at North Hills Gallery

Sue Nosler Gray and I are having a show and we would love to see lots of people at our reception in Austin on Sunday.
This invitation has all the information about the show and reception.
Sue has a great web site, so check it out and you can see more of her wonderful work.

The show looks great! Come out and see us.

Inner Glow

This watercolor floral is 14.5"x11". The sunflowers have a nice movement and I used a little opaque watercolor in the negative shapes to create the glow. Otherwise, it has a nice transparency and fairly loose interesting shapes.

This painting has sold.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Just Peachy

This watercolor has been fun to work with. I started with color as a dominant theme, using complements. Then textures, reflections and edges became important. It is a still life and it is 11"x15". I think the peach looks pretty tasty.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Summer Colors

This watercolor floral is one of several that were done from my sunflower purchase of the summer. I love the bright,sunny color and the sturdy look of sunflowers. This one is 10"x14".

This painting is my contribution to the Save The Children of Africa Challenge. Any proceeds will go to that worthy cause.

This painting has sold.

Friday, August 26, 2011

An Autumn Landscape

This watercolor landscape does have some opaque watercolor in the negative spaces. I love the soft colors that create a glow. This piece is 14.5"x10.5".

Monday, August 22, 2011

Watery Perch

Don't these two look like they have a good view? I would love to be with them, on the water. It has been such a hot dry summer. I painted this from a friend's photograph. I love the shapes in this watercolor. It is 8.5"x14" and it is a seascape.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tis the Season

Produce is wonderful now, and I am loving the red and green peppers. Lots of juicy color made this one fun to paint and the color reminded me of Christmas. It will add color to someone's kitchen all year round. It is 10.5"x13.5", so it will fit nicely into a 16"x20" frame with a mat. It is a still life done in watercolor.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Mom's Bowl With Blueberries

I found this little bowl in my Mom's china cabinet. It looked like a challenge, so I asked her if I could borrow it. There are three bowls that stack inside each other. I will have fun with them, I think. This still life is only 6.5"x6.5". It is watercolor. The difficult part of this painting was the blue design inside the bowl. I had to work on values to make the blueberries show up. They were yummy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Springtime Celebration

Springtime Celebration is a watercolor and ink painting that takes me back to my time living in Arizona. I love the variety of hues and organic shapes in the cactus, but my main focus was the light pattern that played across the surface. I used black ink to exaggerate the pattern.
This floral is 14.5"x10.5".

This painting has sold.


Primaries refers to the juicy colors in this still life of flowers and interesting copper and glass. It is a watercolor and it is 21.5"x14.5". I love pushing color and value in watercolor. I also wanted to paint the different textures that I saw in this piece.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rocky Roadside

This small watercolor is 8.5x8.5. It is part of my Roadside Impressions Landscape series. I was working on creating volume and distance. It is also a new experience working so small. Fun too!

Roadside Impression 2

Another memory. I long for the rains that will bring out these beautiful colors and textures again.

Roadside Impression 1

This small watercolor is part of a series that is about the impressions that I am left with after a drive through the Hill Country. I love the textures and soft colors of the vegetation along the roadsides.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Sweets

I painted this 7.5'x5.5" still life of three juicy cherries as a warm up for a demonstration. I am not accustomed to working this small, but I like it. It is fun working with the juicy paints, designing and layering quickly until just the right feeling is achieved. I will be painting more of these studies.
The photo is a little crooked though. The line is more straight across.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Grape Pickers

The Grape Pickers is a small watercolor of children enjoying a sunny afternoon under the grape arbor. It is 17"x13". I always have enjoyed painting figures and when my children were young, I had them pose for me quite often. I like this painting because of the sun patterns that contrast with the cool shadows.

This painting has been sold.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Following The Sun

I love to paint sunflowers during the summer. I like the ones with the light centers because the dark centers demand too much attention. The bright yellow is keeping my spirits up while everything bakes outside. I think these guys are happy to be spending their days inside with me.
The painting is 14.5'x10.5". With a mat it will easily fit into a 16"x20" frame.

This painting has sold.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Boss

This small, transparent watercolor is of a colorful and stately, but bossy rooster. It is 13.5"x10.5". I enjoyed painting this bird with attitude.

This painting has sold. I was sad to say good bye.

Friday, July 22, 2011


This acrylic on canvas is another abstracted landscape. I was thinking of Missouri when I painted this one. I loved all the trees there. The people were great too. This one is all about color and shape.

The Yellow Plains

I am working on a series of abstract landscapes that are acrylic on canvas. They are 24" square canvases and that is an interesting shape to work with. I was thinking about the Texas Panhandle when I painted this one.

Rural Textures

The title says it all. This is a watercolor that I thought was done. I liked it and even had it in a show. But, alas, I decided to play with it and collaged some rice papers and painted some more. It is much stronger now and Jim likes it a lot, which is high praise. Now it is done.

Desert Flame

This is another small watercolor. I am working with other media, but teach watercolor, so I have to keep up with this one too. I like the color play of the warms and cools in this piece. I also like the soft and hard edges that is so watercolor.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


This is a painting that calls to me in the summer. It is a little crooked, but I think the colors work and it has good movement. I wanted to see how it looks "published" on my blog.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Watercolor Classes

This drought is really getting to me! It is so hot and dry that I need a little watercolor to COOL OFF. I am planning to teach Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor classes in my home in August and September. Let me know if you are interested by emailing me at I am looking forward to a set of class that will inspire and help us find our muse.
class size will be small. I am looking forward to some fun with water!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One A Day

I decided to add this cheery painting. I love red and organic shapes. I pushed this red about as far as I could. I started this painting as a demonstration and completed it later. It is small, but it demands attention. I just had to add it to my blog.

Summer Visitors

I have painted these pond plants and dragonflies several times and I never get tired of trying to get just the right feeling. This one is light and airy, with interesting negative spaces. I like the crisp whites and bright colors. I am not sure if it is finished, but I thought I would post it anyway.

After Hours

Okay, this one is about the hat, but the pose said to me that this cowboy is tired and has just come in after a long, hard ride. Still no face. Another story that you get to make up. This is fun.

Ready Or Not

Another figure that is all about hands and not face. I think these pieces are the beginnings of a new series: Faceless Posers. It is a lot of fun to figure out ways to create a figurative image without it being all about the face. I do like the mystery.

Cowboy Revisited

Okay. No star, just a Texas flag. I like to redesign the background with shapes, and these seem to fit the image pretty well. I like the face better. Much less detail adds to the mystery. To me, it is all about the hands anyway. Oh yeah, and the hat.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Five O'Clock Shadows

Here is my latest figure. I enjoyed the costumed model. This painting has a very sketchy, rough feel that I like and didn't want to lose by working into it too much. I love the white hat and am looking for a place to put a Texas star. What do you think?